LICORICE: “Beneficial and Controversial”

Arthritis, Cirrhosis, Cough Remedy, Hepatitis, Herpes, Ulcers

Also Known As: No other name


Advocates of licorice say that it has been safely used around the world for thousands of years to treat many ailments. Critics argue that the effectiveness of the herb is potentially life threatening and is dangerous to use. In healthy adults and when licorice is used in moderation the benefits greatly outweigh the risks. Licorice is one of China’s most popular healing herbs.


  • Decoction:

Add 1/2 teaspoon of powdered herb to a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Drink no more than 2 cups daily.

  • Tincture:

Use one half to one teaspoon no more than twice a day.

Sprinkle powdered licorice on minor wounds. Cleanse wound first with soap and water before applying the powder. Licorice can also be used this way for herpes sores. For a sore throat, add a pinch of sweet licorice to any herbal beverage.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Licorice grows best in green-houses or warm and sunny climates. Plant them in 48 inch deep pots if planting in a green-house. Artificial lighting will be needed also. Soil should be rich, well manured and well drained.


Licorice is included in the FDA’s list of herbs as being generally safe. Licorice should be used in medicinal amounts only.